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Friday, August 24th, 2018 | Posted by John ONeill

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Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is one of the most reliable outlets for top quality adventure fantasy on the market. In his review of Volume One of The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Fletcher Vredenburgh wrote:

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is… the most consistent forum for the best in contemporary swords & sorcery. Some may think I’m laying it on a little thick, but The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly: Volume 1, 2009-2011, a distillation of the mag’s first three years, should prove that I’m not.

HFQ‘s reputation doesn’t just rest on quality. They’ve published four issues a year like clockwork for nearly a decade — and all of it available free online. Fans have been asking for a way to support the magazine for years, and the editors have finally created a Patreon where those who love quality fantasy can make meaningful contributions. Here’s HFQ editor and Black Gate blogger Adrian Simmons:

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly has brought new voices in sword and sorcery, adventure fiction, and historical fiction to the people since 2009. On our shoestring budget we have hit our goal of publishing three stories and two poems every three months AND started working in artwork, AND starting working in audio; and with more funds we could do much more.

Even just a few dollars a month can have a huge impact. Make a much-needed contribution to HFQ here, to help ensure one of the best modern fantasy magazine can continue for years to come. And check out their latest issue here.


  1. Thanks the signal boost, John!

    Comment by Adrian Simmons - August 25, 2018 6:48 pm

  2. How did I miss this? Damn!

    Comment by Fletcher Vredenburgh - August 28, 2018 12:57 am

  3. Will Sword & Sorcery and adventure fantasy return to Black Gate? That’s what made me come here in the first place but with the exception of the Black Company reviews there doesn’t seem to have been anything for months now.

    Comment by Martin Christopher - August 28, 2018 1:11 am

  4. > Will Sword & Sorcery and adventure fantasy return to Black Gate?

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks for the question! Ten years ago, the Black Gate website was all about promoting the magazine, and I was responsible for 90% of the content… so it naturally reflected my interests, and the adventure-fantasy focus of the magazine.

    The print version of Black Gate folded in 2011, and since then we’ve focused on growing the website. Over the last 7 years we’ve attracted over 40 new bloggers and writers. They don’t all reflect the same narrow interest in fantasy we had in 2008, which I think is a good thing. We still have the same love of adventure fantasy and S&S, but now it’s only part of Black Gate’s mandate to cover all forms of modern fantasy.

    But we’re always looking for new writers, and especially writers who share our love of classic S&S. We hear you loud and clear that you’re hungry for more adventure fantasy coverage, and we’d love the same thing.

    Comment by John ONeill - August 28, 2018 11:37 am

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